Chennai: Actor Nivin Pauly, who plays a highwayman in upcoming Malayalam period film Kayamkulam Kochunni, is getting trained in Kalaripayattu while shooting for the film.
"The film is currently being shot in Mangalore. Nivin takes Kalaripayattu classes every morning for a few hours before joining the team for the shoot. A team of martial arts expert has been flown in from Kerala for this schedule," a source from the film's unit told IANS.
Directed by Rosshan Andrrews, the film is based on famous Kochunni, the real life highwayman who was active in central Travancore during the 19th century. He robbed the rich and shared the booty with the poor.
The team has been shooting in Mangalore for almost a month.
"They have been shooting in locations such as Manjeshwar and Udupi. They will shoot for one more month before leaving for Sri Lanka for the next schedule," the source added.
For his role, Nivin will be seen sporting a short crop and a handlebar moustache.
Amala Paul plays the female lead in the film.
Nivin is presently awaiting the release of the Tamil film Richie. He also has Geethu Mohandas's Moothon, apart from Hey Jude and Love Action Drama in his kitty.
Next year, he is expected to start shooting for Malayalam film Kairali, based on the disappearance of a bulk carrier, owned by Kerala Shipping Corporation.